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What Does HIV/AIDS Stigma Look Like in Your Life?

November 21, 2011


Social Worker

Social Worker, HIV Clinic, Durham, N.C.

HIV stigma is still pretty prevalent with the people that I work with. What I've seen is, a lot of times once someone finds out that they're HIV positive, they will just completely cut off communication, , especially with family members -- not wanting to have any lack of support. There's this idea that if you have HIV that means you're a bad person, because they attribute it to certain bad behaviors. Because of that, especially in the South, it's increased fear around wanting to disclose or even talk about HIV. It's treated sort of like an elephant in the room.

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